Baby Reflexology May Help Your Baby Sleep
My girlfriend’s baby is now 8 months and he still wakes at least once a night most nights. He is one of those who gets fussy when he’s tired because he doesn’t want to go to sleep because he might miss something. His naps only last about 20-30 minutes at most, and while he is awake, he’s high energy.
In an effort to offer help, another friend gave her a copy of “Baby Touch: Massage and Reflexology for Babies and Children” saying it made a difference her daughter’s sleeping patterns. I could tell by the look on my girlfriend’s face that she was doubtful, but she accepted the book with her normal grace.
I thought about this. If you’ve ever had a foot massage you know how relaxing it can be. Baby reflexology works on the same concept and also offers another way to bond with your baby. According to the book, children who enjoy a foot massage are “more alert, gain weight faster, sleep more soundly, and suffer less anxiety.”
The book offers 10-minute massages for newborns and progresses to massages designed for toddlers and older kids. It even includes the ancient Indian Ayurveda massage for days when kids are very active or nights when they are restless when it is time for bed.
While my girlfriend is trying it to help establish a sounder sleeping pattern, reflexology also can help soothe earaches, teething pain, congestion, and more. I do know a foot massage has helped get rid of headaches for me, so I think this is a great thing to try. It only takes 5 minutes and is thought to even help babies suffering with colic.